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Luke Galen


The illusory belief that one is morally superior to others is widespread. There are individual differences in the need to see one’s self as moral. For example, religious individuals tend to self-enhance their perceived level of morality. In our study, participants completed measures of moral attitudes and behaviors and received either high or low (bogus) feedback on their moral performance. Those high in binding moral foundations (e.g., valuing obedience and group allegiance) who received high feedback were significantly more likely to attribute their motivation to religious sources. Binding moral foundations may be particularly linked to self-enhancement.

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